THE SECRET SONGS OF DAVID BOWIE – records played

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It was a packed labour club for our fifth anniversary session, as we dug deep and delved into the forgotten and seldom-heard corners of David Bowie’s long and productive career, playing live tracks, radio sessions, demos and outtakes to show another face of the Dame. We also played probably the most valuable record ever to grace to the record club turntable, Bowie’s 1970 flop single ‘The Prettiest Star’, which was quite a special moment (for your host anyway). My thanks to Beany for very kindly bringing that in to share with us all. And thanks to everyone who came along.

We’ll be back on Thursday 11th October for R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Aretha Franklin, a whole night of the Queen Of Soul on vinyl. It’s going to be a special one. Details soon.


RECORDS PLAYED

Station To Station (live at Nassau Coliseum, 1976 – from ‘The Thin White Duke’)
Waiting For The Man/Five Years/White Light White Heat/Moonage Daydream (BBC radio sessions, 1972 – from Bowie At The Beeb)
London Bye Ta Ta (unreleased single, 1970 – from ChangesThree)
The Prettiest Star (single version featuring Marc Bolan – Mercury 7″, 1970)
Tired Of My Life/Shadowman (demos c.1970-71 – from The Trident Tapes)
Zion (aka A Lad In Vain, aka Tragic Moments) (recorded during the Pin Ups sessions, 1973 – from BowieStudio70-75)

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TOY (unreleased album, recorded 2000)
SIDE ONE:  Uncle Floyd/Afraid/I Dig Everything/Let Me Sleep Beside You/Toy (Your Turn To Drive)/Hole In The Ground
SIDE TWO: Shadow Man/In The Heat Of The Morning/Silly Boy Blue/Liza Jane/The London Boys

Rebel Rebel (US single mix, 1974)
John, I’m Only Dancing (sax version, 1973)
When I’m Five (BBC session, 1968)



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Krautrock 2 – records played

Amon Duul II – Archangel’s Thunderbird (1970)
Faust – It’s A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl (1972)
Neu! – Negativland (1972)
Harmonia – Monza (Rauf und Runter) (1975)
La Dusseldorf – Rheinita (1978)
Can – Halleluwah (1971)
Kraftwerk – Ruckzuck (1970)

Kraftwerk – Radio-Activity (Capitol Records, 1975)

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SIDE ONE
:  Geiger Counter / Radioactivity / Radioland / Airwaves / Intermission / News
SIDE TWO: The Voice Of Energy / Antenna / Radio Stars / Uranium / Transistor / Ohm Sweet Ohm

Neu! – Hallogallo (1972)


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Psychedelic Soul (1967-74) – Records Played

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Photos above courtesy of Rachel, Darren and Mark

Souls were well and truly psychedelicized and a few minds freed at our Psychedelic Soul session. There was even an outbreak of actual dancing, a rare but beautiful sight at record club. Their asses did indeed follow. Right on!

As ever, we only had time to scrape the surface, but hopefully those who asked “What exactly is Psychedelic Soul?” will have had their question answered in full. It was a real pleasure to share this music with you all and made me think we should get down and funky more often. Plans are being hatched!

Thanks to all who came, listened and danced to the music, and also a big thanks to Brooklyn’s Slice Of Spice Records for suggesting (and sending over) a few tunes to get us warmed up.

Here are a few comments from the world of social media:

At & Mr has done some ace research on Psychedelic Soul. I’m learning so much!

A brilliant Record Club last night. I’m aching from fast stepping to the full version of Poppa Was A Rolling Stone.

Nice grooves Simon. The Chairmen of the Board tracks were a revelation.

Enjoyed it immensely. The dancing at the back was fantastic.

It was fantastic, thank you! 

Listen back here or click the player at the end of this post.

We’re back on Thursday 12th July for Krautrock 2 when we’ll further explore the kosmische music of 1970s Germany, including tracks from Amon Duul 2, Neu!, Can and Harmonia alongside a full album by Kraftwerk. Details soon.


MUSIC PLAYED

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Young-Holt Unlimited – Hot Pants / Baby Huey and The Babysitters – Hard Times / David Axelrod – Mucho Chupar / Dorothy Ashby – Soul Vibrations / Young-Holt Unlimited – Food Stamps / Baby Huey and The Babysitters – Mama Get Yourself Together / David Axelrod – The Warning Talk (part 1) / Dorothy Ashby – The Moving Finger / Young-Holt Unlimited – Rubber Lips / Baby Huey and The Babysitters – Running / Dorothy Ashby – Truth Spoken Here / Parliament – Put Love In Your Life

Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music (7″, Direction, 1968)

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The Chambers Brothers – Time Has Come Today
(from ‘The Time Has Come’, Columbia, 1967)
The Temptations – Cloud Nine (from ‘Greatest Hits II, Tamla Motown, 1970, orig. 1968)
Curtis Mayfield – (Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below We’re All Going To Go (from ‘Curtis’, Curtom Records, 1970)
(The New) Rotary Connection – I Am The Blackgold Of The Sun (from ‘Hey, Love’, Cadet Concept, 1971)

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Funkadelic – Can You Get To That
(from ‘Maggot Brain’, Westbound, 1971)
Shuggie Otis – Aht Uh Mi Hed (from ‘Introducing Shuggie Otis’, Epic Records, 2013, orig. 1974)
Chairmen Of The Board – Morning Glory/Life & Death Pt. I/White Rose (Freedom Flower)/Life & Death Pt. II (from ‘Skin I’m In’, Invictus Records, 1974)

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Spanky Wilson – Sunshine Of Your Love (7″, BGP, 1969)
Johnny Jones & The King Casuals – Purple Haze (7″, Cream, 1968)
The French Fries – Small Fries (7″, Columbia Special Products, 1968)

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Sly & The Family Stone – Underdog (from ‘A Whole New Thing’, Epic, 1967)

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE – Stand (Epic, 1969)
SIDE ONE: Stand!/Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey/I Want To Take You Higher/Somebody’s Watching You/Sing A Simple Song
SIDE TWO: Everyday People/Sex Machine/You Can Make It If You Try

The Temptations – Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone (full version) (from ‘All Directions’. Gordy, 1972)


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2 TONE RECORDS: records played

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Our thanks to John Walmsley for a fantastic night of music and stories all drawn from the 2 Tone label. After starting with a selection of 45s that were all in the top 40 the week The Specials (and 2 Tone) first hit the charts, John took us through the ‘rise and demise’ of the short-lived but hugely influential label, with a mix of A sides, B sides, album tracks and live cuts from The Specials (and variants of, including their pre-fame incarnation The Coventry Automatics), Madness, The Selecter, The Beat, Elvis Costello, The Bodysnatchers and The Apollinaires. You can listen back to all the 2 Tone records played here (or click the player at the bottom of this post).

We’ll be back on Thursday 14th June for PSYCHEDELIC SOUL, full details soon.

A very Specials night of Two Tone at from I was tempted to dance at several moments but thankfully thought better of it. Timeless music, great to hear it played loud on those speakers.

Great night with giving us the insight to the rise and fall of Two Tone records

Great night great tunes. brought back so many memories. Thanks John & Simon.

Brilliant night Thanks toe tappingly brilliant

Fabulous 2 Tone night on Thursday  really enjoyed myself, brought back some good memories. Thanks John.


RECORDS PLAYED

A selection of top 40 singles from the week ‘Gangsters’ by The Special AKA first entered the charts (28 July 1979)

Teena Marie – I’m Just A Sucker For Your Love (Motown)
Tubeway Army – Are ‘Friends’ Electric? (Beggars Banquet)
Squeeze – Up The Junction (A&M Records)
Undertones – Here Comes The Summer (Sire Records)
Blondie – Sunday Girl (Chrysalis)
Buzzcocks – Harmony In My Head (United Artists)
Sex Pistols – C’Mon Everybody (Virgin)
The Knack – My Sharona (Capitol)
Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays (Ensign)

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The Coventry Automatics – Rock And Roll Nightmare (from Dawning Of A New Era, Free Range Product, 2018)
The Specials – It’s Up To You (from Live At The Moonlight Club, TT 5011, 1992)
The Special A.K.A. – Gangsters/The Selecter – The Selecter (TT1, TT2, 1979)
Madness – The Prince (TT3, 1979)
The Selecter – On My Radio (TT 4, 1979)
The Beat – Tears Of A Clown (TT 6, 1979)
Specials – Do The Dog/Stupid Marriage (from Specials, TT 5001,1979)
The Special A.K.A – Too Much Too Young (live) (TT7, 1980)
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (TT 7, 1980)

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The Bodysnatchers – Easy Life (live)/The Specials – Nite Klub (live) (from Dance Craze, TT 5004, 1981)
The Specials – Stereotypes/Stereotypes Part 2 (from More Specials, TT 5003, 1980)
The Specials ‎– Ghost Town (TT 17, 1981)
The Apollinaires – Envy The Love (TT 22, 1982)
The Special AKA ‎– Nelson Mandela (TT 26, 1984)
Rhoda with The Special A.K.A – The Boiler (TT 18, 1982)
The Special AKA – What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend (from In The Studio, TT 5008, 1984)
The Specials – Enjoy Yourself/Pearl’s Cafe (from More Specials, TT 5003, 1980)
Specials – You’re Wondering Now (from Specials, TT 5001,1979)
The Specials – Why?/Friday Night, Saturday Morning (from Ghost Town 12″, TT 1217)
Specials – A Message To You Rudy (from Specials, TT 5001,1979)


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AN EVENING OF THE FALL: Records Played

Across the country in the last few weeks, in the back rooms of pubs and in small independent venues, people have been finding their own ways to commemorate the life and genius of Mark E Smith, play his music and share stories. Defiantly single-minded and fiercely independent to the end, this is how he deserves to be remembered, with DIY celebrations organised by those who loved his music.

And in a packed Glossop Labour Club, that’s exactly what we did, with the help of Gavin, Darren and Steve and several piles of records. With personal recollections and readings from a few choice books about Smith and The Fall, between them they managed to navigate 40 years of music – from the first EP to the last LP – each track and every tale reminding us why (despite or because of?) they were such a unique band. We were also lucky enough to welcome two ex-members – Simon Wolstencroft (drums 1986-1997) and Ben Pritchard (guitar 2001-2006) – who really brought to life what it was like to be in The Fall and work with Mark E Smith.

It’s a night we won’t forget.

Thanks to Gavin, Darren and Steve for putting this session together and also to Funky Si and Ben for being so generous with their time and stories.

Listen to some of the music played here or on the player at the end of this post.

 
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RECORDS PLAYED

GAVIN’S SELECTION (1978-1982)
Repetition (Bingo-Master’s Break-Out! EP, Step-Forward Records, 1978)
No Xmas For J. Quay (live) (Totale’s Turns (It’s Now Or Never), Rough Trade, 1980)
Printhead (Dragnet, Step-Forward Records, 1979)
Jawbone and the Air-Rifle (Hex Enduction Hour, Kamera Records, 1982)
Fit and Working Again (In: Palace Of Swords Reversed, Rough Trade, 1981)

DARREN’S SELECTION (1984-1988)
No Bulbs (458489 A Sides, Beggars Banquet, 1984)
My New House (This Nation’s Saving Grace, Beggars Banquet, 1985)
Living Too Late (Living Too Late, Beggars Banquet, 1986)
Hey! Luciani (John Leckie version) (Sounds Showcase 1 EP, Sounds, 1987)
Athlete Cured (The Frenz Experiment, Beggars Banquet, 1988)
Big New Prinz (Jerusalem/Big New Prinz, Beggars Banquet, 1988)

STEVE’S SELECTION (1999-2015)
Touch Sensitive (The Marshall Suite, Artful Records, 1999)
Dr Buck’s Letter (The Unutterable, Eagle Records, 2000)
Contraflow (The Real New Fall LP (formerly Country On The Click), Action Records, 2003)
Blindness (Fall Heads Roll, Slogan Records, 2005)
Dedication Not Medication (Sub-Lingual Tablet, Cherry Red, 2015)

Extricate (Cog Sinister, 1990)
First Half – Subjective, As Usual
Sing! Harpy / I’m Frank / Bill Is Dead / Black Monk Theme Part 1 / Popcorn Double Feature
Second Half – Objective, Unusual
Telephone Thing / Hilary / Chicago, Now! / The Littlest Rebel / And Therein…

Fol De Rol (New Facts Emerge, Cherry Red ,2017)



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BEST OF 2017 – Records Played

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It was great to see a very busy labour club for our review of 2017 with Darren and Tom. Picking out their favourite tracks from a selection of albums, it was a well balanced mix of familiar and unknown names and of course all from vinyl of many different colours!

There was also time to fit in a few tracks from other people’s fave records of the year too. Thanks to all who came and especially to Darren and Tom who had the tough job of choosing what to play and what to leave out. Full list of records played is below. Listen to highlights here.

Here are a few post-session comments from the land of Twitter.

We’re back on December 14th for our annual Christmas Social complete with music quiz, some choice tunes from the Charity Shop Classics team and Vinyl Secret Santa. Details soon.


RECORDS PLAYED

(DB – Darren, TL – Tom)

Alvvays – Plimsoll Punks (from Antisocialites, Transgressive Records) (DB)

LCD Soundsystem – Other Voices (from American Dream, DFA) (TL)

Jen Cloher – Analysis Paralysis (from Jen Cloher, Milk! Records) (DB)

Arcade Fire – Everything Now (from Everything Now, Sonovox Records) (TL)

Menace Beach – Give Blood (from Lemon Memory, Memphis Industries) (DB)

Everything Everything – Run The Numbers (from A Fever Dream, RCA Victor) (TL)

This Is The Kit – Bullet Proof/Hotter Colder/Moonshine Freeze (from Moonshine Freeze, Rough Trade) (DB)

Sleaford Mods – Big Trouble In Little Costa (7″, Rough Trade) (TL)

Sleaford Mods – Army Nights/Just Like We Do (from English Tapas, Rough Trade) (TL)

Oh Sees – Nite Expo (from Orc, Castle Face) (DB)

The Horrors – Something To Remember Me By (from V, Wolf Tone) (TL)

Idles – Well Done/Mother (from Brutalism, Balley Records) (DB)

Aidan Baker with Claire Brentnall ‎- Delirious Things (from Delirious Things, Pleasence Records/Gizeh) (TL)

TOM’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Future Islands – Time On Her Side/Ran/Beauty on the Road (from The Far Field, 4AD) (TL)

DARREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Jane Weaver – H>A>K/Did You See Butterflies?/Loops In The Secret Society (from Modern Kosmology, Fire Records) (DB)

Liima – Life Is Dangerous (from 1982, City Slang) (TL)

ALSO PLAYED

Timber Timbre – Velvet Gloves & Spit/Grifting/Skin Tone/Moment (from Sincerely, Future Pollution, City Slang)
The Left Outsides – Cry Of The Hunter/One Step At A Time/Into The Deep (from There Is A Place, Cardinal Fuzz)
Pye Corner Audio – The Spiral/Descent/It Is Real (from The Spiral EP, Death Waltz Originals)
Primus – The Scream (from The Desaturating Seven, ATO Records)
Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination (from Holiday Destination, 1965 Records)
Gilroy Mere – Dunroamin’ (from The Green Line, Clay Pipe Music)


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ENGLISH WEATHER: records played 

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A good roomful for record club. English Weather went down a um… storm!

In a break from our single artist album tradition, this record club session saw us playing a various artists compilation album for the first time. A double album at that! With autumn upon us and the nights drawing in,  October was the perfect month for Ace Records’ English Weather collection, expertly compiled and sequenced by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs. The big hit of the night was Daevid Allen’s Wise Man In Your Heart, originally released in 1976 but still sounding like it’s been beamed in from the future.

Throughout the night (before, in between and after English Weather) we also got the chance to play Insane Times, a collection of British psych from the EMI vaults that could’ve almost been a prequel to our main album.

There’s no highlights podcast this month, but you can buy English Weather direct from Ace Records, and you might be able to track down Insane Times on the net somewhere (it was a Record Store Day 2017 release).

We’ll be back on Thursday 9th November when Darren and Tom will be taking us through some of their favourite releases of 2017. Details soon.


RECORDS PLAYED

Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present English Weather (Ace Records, 2017)

SIDE ONE: Caravan – Love Song With Flute / The Roger Webb Sound – Moon Bird / The Parlour Band – Early Morning Eyes / Scotch Mist – Pamela / Spring – The Prisoner (Eight By Ten)
SIDE TWO: The Orange Bicycle – Last Cloud Home / T2 – JLT / Bill Fay – ‘Til The Christ Come Back / Van Der Graaf Generator – Refugees / Aardvark – Very Nice Of You To Call

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SIDE THREE: John Cale – Big White Cloud / Belle Gonzalez – Bottles / The Way We Live – Watching White Stars / Offspring – Windfall / Camel – Never Let Go
SIDE FOUR: Daevid Allen – Wise Man In Your Heart / Matching Mole – O Caroline / Prelude – Edge Of The Sea / Alan Parker & Alan Hawkshaw – Evening Shade

Insane Times (21 British Psychedelic Artyfacts From Parlophone And Associated Labels) (Parlophone, 2017)

SIDE ONE: Kevin Ayers – Song For Insane Times / July – Dandelion Seed / Tomorrow – Real Life Permanent Dream / Mandrake Paddle Steamer – Strange Walking Man / The Gods  – Towards The Skies
SIDE TWO: The Penny Peeps – Model Village / The Idle Race – Hurry Up John / Orange Bicycle – Last Cloud Home / Jon – Is It Love? / The Brain – Nightmares In Red
SIDE THREE: Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band – Equestrian Statue / Rainbow Ffolly – Sun Sing / Simon Dupree And The Big Sound Castle In The Sky / Tales Of Justine – Monday Morning / The Hollies – All The World Is Love / The Aerovons – World Of You
SIDE FOUR: The Lemon Tree – William Chalker’s Time Machine / The Parking Lot – World Spinning Sadly / Herbal Mixture – Please Leave My Mind / The Koobas – Barricades / The Yardbirds – Think About It

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